Get more advice and information about strokes and how to recognise the symptoms from our helplines.
The most effective stroke treatments must be given within the first three hours after stroke symptoms start. By recognising signs of stroke and acting fast, you can help lessen a stroke's damage to the person's brain.
What to look out for:
* A severe headache - often the first complaint
* Speech difficulties
* Eye movement problems
If you suspect a stroke, do the following:
FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly?
TIME: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital fast.
The Brain and Spine Helpline is staffed by neuroscience nurses and other health professionals. It covers all neurological conditions, from the fairly common to the very rare, and can offer information and support on any medical or related social and emotional issues of concern. The service answers queries by telephone, letter or email as well as providing an opportunity for people to share their experiences of having a neurological condition on the discussion forum.
UK wide Charity offering a wide range of services, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care for sufferers of all forms of brain injury.
Speak to a stroke survivor – call us on 01908 317618 or 0845 130 7172.
Stroke is the single largest cause of disability in the United Kingdom. 157,000 people suffer a stroke every year – 25% of them are under retirement age and several hundred are under 16. Different Strokes is a registered charity providing a unique, free service to younger stroke survivors throughout the United Kingdom. Our services and the number of stroke survivors benefiting from them have grown dramatically since we were formed in 1996. We are run by stroke survivors for stroke survivors, for active self help and mutual support
Connect is a charity for people living with aphasia, a communication disability which usually occurs after stroke. We aim to improve the lives of people living with aphasia and communication disability, equipping them to re-connect with life.
An online support community for those whose lives or relatives/friends have been affected by a subarachnoid haemorrhage or stroke. Their aim is to offer friendship, support and a place where you can share your highs and lows.